As 2015 comes to a close, and you do your last-minute party planning and decorating, don’t forget about your pet. The holiday season can bring with it a few hazards to your four-legged friend if you’re not careful. Colony Animal Hospital wants to keep your pet safe during these winter holidays and every other time of year. Consider the following holiday pet safety tips, which will help you and your pet have a safe, happy holiday. Happy New Year!
Dangerous Christmas Decorations
If you have a cat or other curious pet, be careful with tinsel, ribbons, and garland. These shiny, sparkly decorations can easily draw the attention of a pet and become a target to paw at and even chew on. However, if ingested, these decorations can do a lot of damage as a result of the intestinal blockage they can cause. Christmas lights and poinsettia plants can also be dangerous, so either keep these decorations out of your pet’s reach or consider some alternatives instead, such as fiber optic lights and artificial plants.
The holiday season is a time for friends and family, so if you’ll be hosting a party at your home this year, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Consider your pet’s behavior around large groups of people to determine if you should leave them out or put them in a room, away from the festivities. This is both for your pet’s safety and that of your guests. If you plan to leave your pet out, keep an eye on them around your guests, especially if any of your guests are children.
Safe and Unsafe Table Food for Pets
We know how tempting those puppy dog eyes are during dinner time, but before you decide to throw your pet some table scraps, make sure you know which foods are safe for pets and which ones aren’t. Chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, and foods with the sugar substitute xylitol are all toxic to pets, so avoid feeing your pet any food with these ingredients. On the “safe foods” list are green beans, cooked rice, chopped apples and carrots, and lean poultry (no bones or skin).
If you have any questions about these holiday pet safety tips, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your pet at Colony Animal Hospital in Newport News, give us a call at 757-877-6464. One of our team members will be happy to assist you.